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    Bugs got a reaction from Adventine in Visa Fee Valid for One Year   
    Sorry for the blank post above.  I accidentally quoted Palawan and for the life of me was unable to delete the quote or type anything. And couldn’t just start over without posting that.
     
    Anyways, OP, keep checking the schedule daily.  The embassy posts many new interviews spots several times a week.  Granted, most are just a continuation from the 2024 calendar you saw, but every now and then they will open up spots for a lot sooner.
     
    I originally had an interview scheduled for May 2024, but the other day, the embassy suddenly opened spots for Oct, Nov, and Dec of this year, and I was able to reschedule to one of them.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Chancy in B2 Visitor Visa and MRV Fee Expiration   
    Well, the embassy just opened a plethora of interview spots throughout the last week of Oct, all of Nov, and all of Dec. of THIS YEAR!
     
    So we were able to reschedule for an interview a month from now.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Celebi in Remit to Philippines   
    Wells Fargo has a bank to bank transfer service called ExpressSend which we have been using for over a decade.  $4 or $5 per transfer.
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    Bugs got a reaction from justinedr in Marcos? It amazes me...   
    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines.  Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
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    Bugs got a reaction from John & Rose in Marcos? It amazes me...   
    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines.  Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
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    Bugs got a reaction from GarLeb in Marcos? It amazes me...   
    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines.  Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Steve2022 in Marcos? It amazes me...   
    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines.  Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
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    Bugs got a reaction from RO_AH in Marcos? It amazes me...   
    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines.  Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
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    Bugs got a reaction from flicks1998 in Marcos? It amazes me...   
    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines.  Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Adventine in Marcos? It amazes me...   
    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines.  Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
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    Bugs got a reaction from John & Rose in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    No need to explain.  I’m fully aware of your self-focused viewpoint and approach, as we’ve all been affected by it.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Adventine in Dual Citizenship?   
    You lose your Philippines citizenship when you become a US Citizen.  You get it back when you apply with a dual citizenship application and oath through a Philippines Consulate.
     
    My wife did it.  There used to be no harm, but last year the Philippine government came out with a requirement that all dual citizens must pay for PhilHealth, sending my wife into panic and regretting the move.  Nothing has been enforced on it though, although right now there are not many traveling.
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    Bugs got a reaction from hunny&me in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    It’s the population density, not the economy, that drives a contagion.  The virus doesn’t care how much money you make.  So there is that.  Is there a Manila in Texas?
     
    Lockdown or not, many people last year had sense and concern towards others and practiced safety and were not so razor focused at flaunting individual freedoms like many others are.  However, this year we have Delta.  Delta is much more contagious and deadly - hence the surge.  And, note, this is despite vaccinations now being present.
     
    Now let’s look at what happened in India.  This is a country with many areas at the same population density as Manila.  They relaxed restrictions at the end of last year and into this year, so by the time of Delta , it looked much like what you have going on in Texas….  BUT without the vaccination rate.  Then they were hit with Delta.  And we know what happened.  Thankfully vaccinations have saved the USA from suffering the same fate.  But in the population-dense Philippines?  At 17%?
     
    Bottom line, if Manila lifted everything with so few vaccinated, it will be a feast for Delta, as we have seen in India.
     
    Get vaccinated folks.  The sooner everyone does, the quicker we can end these kind of conversations and truly move on.
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    Bugs got a reaction from hunny&me in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    Thank you for illustrating my point.  You got vaccinated, which is why you can do these things and say “life is good”.  The Delta surge is affecting the unvaccinated who are doing those things.
     
    Lockdowns were necessary before the availability of vaccinations to keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed.  The vaccination rate in the USA is 53%. The vaccination rate in the Philippines is 17%.  If the Philippines relaxed restrictions like the USA during Delta we’d see another India.
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    Bugs got a reaction from John & Rose in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    It’s the population density, not the economy, that drives a contagion.  The virus doesn’t care how much money you make.  So there is that.  Is there a Manila in Texas?
     
    Lockdown or not, many people last year had sense and concern towards others and practiced safety and were not so razor focused at flaunting individual freedoms like many others are.  However, this year we have Delta.  Delta is much more contagious and deadly - hence the surge.  And, note, this is despite vaccinations now being present.
     
    Now let’s look at what happened in India.  This is a country with many areas at the same population density as Manila.  They relaxed restrictions at the end of last year and into this year, so by the time of Delta , it looked much like what you have going on in Texas….  BUT without the vaccination rate.  Then they were hit with Delta.  And we know what happened.  Thankfully vaccinations have saved the USA from suffering the same fate.  But in the population-dense Philippines?  At 17%?
     
    Bottom line, if Manila lifted everything with so few vaccinated, it will be a feast for Delta, as we have seen in India.
     
    Get vaccinated folks.  The sooner everyone does, the quicker we can end these kind of conversations and truly move on.
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    Bugs got a reaction from John & Rose in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    Thank you for illustrating my point.  You got vaccinated, which is why you can do these things and say “life is good”.  The Delta surge is affecting the unvaccinated who are doing those things.
     
    Lockdowns were necessary before the availability of vaccinations to keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed.  The vaccination rate in the USA is 53%. The vaccination rate in the Philippines is 17%.  If the Philippines relaxed restrictions like the USA during Delta we’d see another India.
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    Bugs got a reaction from John & Rose in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    Your’e glossing over the fact that the USA and Texas is seeing a huge surge as well.  
     
    Neither response has worked because people are not getting vaccinated.
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    Bugs got a reaction from AKteacher in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    Wow, okay.  Why have any laws at all then?
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    Bugs got a reaction from AKteacher in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    No need to explain.  I’m fully aware of your self-focused viewpoint and approach, as we’ve all been affected by it.
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    Bugs got a reaction from AKteacher in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    It’s the population density, not the economy, that drives a contagion.  The virus doesn’t care how much money you make.  So there is that.  Is there a Manila in Texas?
     
    Lockdown or not, many people last year had sense and concern towards others and practiced safety and were not so razor focused at flaunting individual freedoms like many others are.  However, this year we have Delta.  Delta is much more contagious and deadly - hence the surge.  And, note, this is despite vaccinations now being present.
     
    Now let’s look at what happened in India.  This is a country with many areas at the same population density as Manila.  They relaxed restrictions at the end of last year and into this year, so by the time of Delta , it looked much like what you have going on in Texas….  BUT without the vaccination rate.  Then they were hit with Delta.  And we know what happened.  Thankfully vaccinations have saved the USA from suffering the same fate.  But in the population-dense Philippines?  At 17%?
     
    Bottom line, if Manila lifted everything with so few vaccinated, it will be a feast for Delta, as we have seen in India.
     
    Get vaccinated folks.  The sooner everyone does, the quicker we can end these kind of conversations and truly move on.
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    Bugs got a reaction from AKteacher in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    Thank you for illustrating my point.  You got vaccinated, which is why you can do these things and say “life is good”.  The Delta surge is affecting the unvaccinated who are doing those things.
     
    Lockdowns were necessary before the availability of vaccinations to keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed.  The vaccination rate in the USA is 53%. The vaccination rate in the Philippines is 17%.  If the Philippines relaxed restrictions like the USA during Delta we’d see another India.
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    Bugs got a reaction from AKteacher in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    Your’e glossing over the fact that the USA and Texas is seeing a huge surge as well.  
     
    Neither response has worked because people are not getting vaccinated.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Chancy in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    No need to explain.  I’m fully aware of your self-focused viewpoint and approach, as we’ve all been affected by it.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Chancy in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    It’s the population density, not the economy, that drives a contagion.  The virus doesn’t care how much money you make.  So there is that.  Is there a Manila in Texas?
     
    Lockdown or not, many people last year had sense and concern towards others and practiced safety and were not so razor focused at flaunting individual freedoms like many others are.  However, this year we have Delta.  Delta is much more contagious and deadly - hence the surge.  And, note, this is despite vaccinations now being present.
     
    Now let’s look at what happened in India.  This is a country with many areas at the same population density as Manila.  They relaxed restrictions at the end of last year and into this year, so by the time of Delta , it looked much like what you have going on in Texas….  BUT without the vaccination rate.  Then they were hit with Delta.  And we know what happened.  Thankfully vaccinations have saved the USA from suffering the same fate.  But in the population-dense Philippines?  At 17%?
     
    Bottom line, if Manila lifted everything with so few vaccinated, it will be a feast for Delta, as we have seen in India.
     
    Get vaccinated folks.  The sooner everyone does, the quicker we can end these kind of conversations and truly move on.
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    Bugs got a reaction from Adventine in Arriving in Manila changes coming   
    You’re conflating topics.  One can still have economic freedom while practicing safety towards others.
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